PZ Myers found that the Institute for Creation Research is using a recent Genome Research paper as evidence for design. In the paper, Arizona State researchers studied copy number variations patterns in 30 human and 30 chimpanzee genomes. They found that the species shared duplication hotspots where there tended to be more CNVs.

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The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics says genetically modifying human embryos could be morally permissible, according to the Guardian.

A new Nature Biotechnology paper reports that CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing can lead to large deletions or complex rearrangements that could be pathogenic.

The Wall Street Journal likens a prototype developed by Synthetic Genomics to a "biological fax machine."

In PNAS this week: strategy for reactivating Rett syndrome-linked MECP2, small molecules able to suppress Staphylococcus aureus virulence, and more.